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#CampNaNoWriMo during pandemic

I haven’t been feeling particularly motivated or productive lately, not to mention the general anxiety that’s been present almost constantly due to the pandemic.

But I made a decision to edit this year, so that I can work on my craft and I promised myself that I would participate in April Camp NaNo so that I had some timeline and could give myself smaller goals that I could hopefully meet.

My goals this month are small, (or depending how you look at it – realistic) and they are more based on consistency than anything else.

I’ve posted my CampNaNo tracker to Instagram, and I proudly colored two of my boxes so far. Because my goal this month is to keep a writing/editing streak going every day, even if it’s just 300 words.

While I registered my goal on the NaNoWriMo website, I don’t think I’ll be updating my project there. I’m not gonna lie, I hate the redesigned website with a passion. It’s not user friendly, there are glitches abound and basically I chose not to add to my stress levels.

So I’m keeping Camp NaNo to myself, my writing buddy and whoever on twitter wants to engage with me during this time.

I do wonder how my avoidance of the NaNo website will impact my participation and effectiveness of the challenge, but I guess we shall see.

For now things are going well enough. But wish me luck!

I won #CampNaNo!

(I wanted to post this on 29 July, but I got distracted by Hobbs and Shaw… Don’t judge me)

I decided on a crazy goal for this year’s Camp NaNo. Not only was I writing in a genre I haven’t written in before. But I also wrote with a minimal outline. Just to see where it would take me.

And now, I need you to take a look at the date of this post.

That’s right! I won Cam NaNo!

I met my goal and I finished Draft Zero of a project that’s been in my brain for years.

And I did it all with days to spare!

The best thing about it? I decided to try and see if I could write the initial draft in one month, so I set my goal at 50K. And after 27 days and 51 thousand words later, I am a winner 🙂

look at my professional screencapping skills /o\

On top of it all, I also accepted a challenge from Lyra Parish to write 10K in a day on July 20 and those of you following me on Instagram know that I also met that challenge!

It took me 14 hours with breaks (or 8.5h of non-stop writing, depends on how you want to count it) but I wrote over 10 thousand in a day. One-fifth of my initial draft was written in a single day.

This month showed me what I’m truly capable of. I knew I could write 50k in a month, I’ve won NaNoWriMo in the past. But I’ve been in a writing slump for a long time already and so I wasn’t sure I still had the passion to pull it off.

Turns out: I can totally pull it off and writing novels is still something that brings me joy.

And before you ask: why yes, I am going to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo.

November can’t come too soon!

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